Restricting a Search to a Particular Court

July 15, 2010

We have had many Summer Associates contact the Reference Attorneys asking how to limit their searches to a particular court.  Westlaw does has very granular case law databases — meaning that you can always get to a particular state, or US District Courts within a state.  If you need to isolate your results to a particular court within that state, you will need to add a court restrictor to your search. 

The Reference Attorneys are always available to help you put together a court restrictor, but if you are the kind of person who wants to have the information yourself, you can print out a free user guide.  It is entitled “Research Tips for Case Law“, and will teach you how to create a court restrictor for almost any particular court.

We have hundreds of User Guides, all of which can be downloaded for free, and sometimes you can get a free copy shipped to you as well.  You can find those user guides here.

One last note regarding court restrictors.  On WestlawNext they are entirely unnecessary!  When searching on WestlawNext you can limit your search to any court you would like simply by checking appropriate boxes.  If you are interested in learning more about WestlawNext, you can take a tour here.

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